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Ming Inspiration (20)

Another post in this series on the design and build of a frame and panel dining table made of bubinga and based on a 16th century Chinese masterpiece. Previous installments are found in the 'blog archive' to the right of the page.

Last post, I finished up with a picture showing the layout for the last bit of work on the tusk tenon mortises, namely the stub tenon mortise and the housing for the sword tip. After laying out, I put the hollow chisel mortiser to use:

Then I chopped out the housing for the sword tip miter, and here is the roughed out opening:

In this view, also note that the dado for the table top panel's tongue has been processed on the top of the apron:

Both tusk tenon mortises are now complete, save for fitting of course:

Next up: the joints which connect the aprons together. These are rather intricate joints and I haven't spent any time in this thread so far describing what I will be doing with these connections. That would spoil the surprise I suppose. So, in that vein, I'll just describe the cut out of the joints as things unfold. Cue suspenseful organ music....

First, some slot mortises needed doing, and again I went to the hollow chisel mortiser:

First plunge was to check that the depth mark I had set has not been exceeded:

The first slot is roughed out:

And then the second:

A while later, the slots are done, now finagled out to their final dimension, on both short and long aprons:

Time for everyone's favorite game show, Sawing for Teens®. Contestants, start sawing!!:

Being a little paranoid today in general, I stayed further off my layout lines than normal, however the final surface isn't being made by the saw, so it's no big deal:

Having a ripping good time as well here on the top of the stick:

More wood bits hit the floor:

The two short aprons are getting closer:

And the two long aprons look much the same after rough cut out, though there are a few differences between them and the shorties:

A final picture where the flash left a neat effect:

All for today. Another snow storm coming tonight, with up to 15 cm. Hmm, quite a winter we're having out here.

Thanks for your visit today. For more, see post 21

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